World Bulletin / News Desk
Based on a joint assessment with close military ally the United States, the JCS said the missile fired Thursday morning "is assumed to be the Musudan".
The North is believed to have conducted eight tests this year involving its Musudan model, which has a theoretical range of more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) but seven of such projectile launches have now reportedly failed due to explosions.
The longest Musudan flight so far was 400 kilometers back in June -- well short of a potential target such as an American military base in Guam.
Nevertheless, as the North continues to develop ballistic missiles in defiance of United Nations resolutions, the JCS statement "strongly" condemned the latest launch with Pyongyang yet to discover the extent of new UN sanctions in response to its fifth ever nuclear test last month.
Analysts are expecting North Korea to ramp up provocations in line with next month's American presidential election.
Thursday's test coincided with high-level security talks between the U.S. and South Korea in Washington, during which American Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to swiftly press ahead with a contentious plan to deploy a THAAD missile defense battery in the South.